Crescent Falls Trail

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0.6 km
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13 m
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Crescent Falls Trail

Hiking to Crescent Falls won’t take very long, but you’ll probably want to stay awhile. With its magnificent viewpoint, it's a must-do in the David Thompson region. The nearby campground makes for the perfect basecamp when exploring the area. The trail will take you straight to the falls and back. Although rocky and rooty in some spots, this trail is accessible to all abilities.

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Route Description for Crescent Falls Trail

The hike to Crescent Falls is one of the most popular stops in the region, and its proximity to the Crescent Falls campground brings lots of traffic. Despite being a short trail, unfortunately, it’s not accessible for those in wheelchairs. If you want to bring your small children, you’ll be fine if your stroller can handle some rough terrain.

Crescent Falls is a landmark of the region and a must-do. Popular places are busy for a reason, and you’ll find out why this trail is on the list when you catch a glimpse of the falls. Visit this area early or late in the day if you are looking for a quieter experience.

You will find a clearly signed trailhead from the parking area that denotes the beginning of the Crescent Falls Trail. Various trails in the area link to a few different waterfalls. You can choose the longer path leading to another set of tiered waterfalls. The shorter trail leads to the impressive falls and remains a low-effort, high-reward trip. Make your way along the canyon’s edge, admiring the scenery of the deep gorge, Bighorn Canyon. You’ll be able to see the Bighorn River as you make your way to the falls.

After 200 m, take the trail to the right at the junction. The trail on the left leads up the canyon for a longer hike. Once on the trail leading to the right, you will gain proximity to the river and the falls. Hike another 150 m to the remarkable views over the falls. Return the way you came, taking the left trail at the junction to return to the parking area. If you feel more adventurous, take the trail to the right and head up the gorge for some more impressive falls.

Trail Highlights

Crescent Falls

Crescent Falls leads to a terrific viewpoint that doesn’t require much effort. The cascading water from the Bighorn River glimmers a crystal blue colour and creates a powerful flow as it rushes over the natural features in the gorge. Adventurous hikers will continue up the gorge to more waterfalls to take in the full experience of Crescent Falls.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is it to Crescent Falls from Rocky Mountain House?

Crescent Falls is 110.0 km from Rocky Mountain House. Join Highway 11, and follow our directions from Nordegg.

How far is Crescent Falls from Abraham Lake?

A 4.5 km trail leads to the falls directly from Abraham Lake and Highway 11.

Insider Hints for Crescent Falls Trail

  • Park at the day-use area near the campground for the easiest access to Crescent Falls.
  • Extend your trip by following the 2.5 km trail past the primary viewpoint. You can travel up the canyon to more falls making a 5.0 km round trip hike with minimal elevation gain.
  • Stay at the rustic Crescent Falls Campground beside the day-use area to be your base for exploring the David Thompson Highway region.
  • Don’t forget your camera because this picturesque waterfall begs to be photographed. You’ll want to reminisce on this experience, for sure.

Getting to the Crescent Falls Trail Trailhead

From Nordegg, Alberta, join Highway 11 westbound for 18.0 km before turning right for Crescent Falls at the signed road. Continue along the road for 4.0 km before turning left into the Crescent Falls trailhead area.

Route Information

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  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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